Running one marathon is a big accomplishment, but Rob Jones is on a mission to run one every day for 31 days. That’s right - this Marine veteran is going to run 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 cities. Impressive, right? Oh yeah, and he lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in 2010.
Jones started his quest in London and after running 26.2 miles there, he moved on to Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky. Today he’s headed to Indianapolis and then on to Chicago - running a marathon in each city and finishing up in Washington, D.C. on November 11 - which happens to be Veteran’s Day.
So why’s he doing it? "I set out to be an example of a guy that went to Afghanistan, had a traumatic experience, came back and found a new way, aside from being in the military, to continue to benefit America," Jones explains. "I hope that my story gets in front of the eyes of some people that may be struggling, and they see that, and they can use me as an example.”